Sleeping around at 60: Pensioners to get sex advice from council after rise in number of elderly people having one night standsCouncillor said old people were 'fitter' and 'more active'There has been an increase in all of the five main STDs in older age groups
15:06 GMT, 25 September 2012
A sex advice leaflet for pensioners has been created by a council in response to increasing numbers of over-60s having casual sex.
Croydon Borough Council, which announced its first ever ‘sexual health strategy’ last week, was told that OAPs should be warned about the dangers of ‘sleeping around’.
Labour Councillor Maggie Mansell said pensioners were ‘fitter’ and ‘more active’ then ever before and was behind the council producing a ‘Sex at 60’ pamphlet.
Secret to happiness: The study found that frequency of sexual activity was significantly linked to general and marital happiness
She said that older people were ‘taking on more sexual partners’ and increasingly having casual sex, adding: 'The over 60s are fitter and more active than previous generations.
'They started their sex lives after the pill and before Aids and did not get used to using condoms.
'The over 60s do not need contraception but they do need modern advice.'
She told a meeting of Croydon Borough Council that she wanted the leaflet to be targeted at the over 60s to warn them about how casual sex can lead to sexually transmitted infections.
The Tory-run council debated raising awareness of STIs among all generations and said it wanted to increase the number of chemists offering sexual health services.
Tory Councillor Margaret Mead, the cabinet member for adult services and health, said that it was important that all ages were included in the borough’s sexual health strategy.
Younger for longer: Croydon Council created the leaflet in response to news that pensioners are now more sexually active than ever
She said: 'This strategy is about improving the health and well-being of communities and ensuring residents have the knowledge to make the right choices regarding their sexual health.
'We also aim to encourage people to change their behaviour for their own personal well-being and for the benefit of making the most effective use of healthcare budgets.'
According to the council, the sexual health strategy is designed to ‘improve the sexual health of people living in Croydon’ and ‘boost sexual health awareness… to help residents make informed choices about their own well-being’.
The plans include ‘nurse-led sexual health care provision in GP practices for all age groups and encouraging patients to have HIV tests.
A 2010 report from the Health Protection Agency found a rise in the number of people in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s having sex with new partners since 2000.
The study also found that there had been an increase in all of the five main STDs in older age groups, with the age group between 45 to 64 witnessing the biggest rise in syphilis, herpes, chlamydia and genital warts between 2000 and 2009.
They also saw the second-biggest rise in gonorrhea cases, beaten only by the over 65s.
Cases of syphilis in 45- to 64-year-olds rose ten-fold from just 52 in 2000 to 503 in 2009. In the over 65s, cases more than quadrupled from just 7 in 2000 to 32 in 2009.